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Authorities identify man who jumped from Howard Frankland Bridge

Published Jul. 21, 2012

TAMPA — Authorities have identified a man who died Friday morning after jumping off the Howard Frankland Bridge.

Earlier in the day, Michael Medina, 47, had apparently tried to commit suicide at his home off Tarrytown Drive in Spring Hill. Authorities say he then called 911. Before paramedics arrived, Medina convinced his roommate to take him to a hospital.

Medina refused to go to a hospital in Hernando County, authorities say. The two men drove south until reaching the Howard Frankland Bridge. There, a struggle broke out inside the car.

When the car stopped, authorities say, Medina got out and jumped off the bridge. He died in the water.

Investigators have not said how Medina initially tried to kill himself or what caused his death. The incident is still under investigation.